Traditional Arts and Crafts Design

The Arts and Crafts of the Rupununi are made from the materials of the savannah and the forests by the Amerindian. While there is a demand for traditional products which are designed for utility and convenience, the artisans are now embarking on creating new designs using the materials from the forest and other places.

Mr Williams (left) is a basket weaver. During the workshop with John-Michael Ekeblad, new ideas were introduced for the use of woven items.


The NRDDB has been successful in developing linkages with partners in the international marketplace, such as Brazilian designers who work exclusively with rain forest and natural products in the making of art and crafts. The NRDDB has developed partnerships with designers who are interested in the use of forest products. These include Monica Carvalhos from Brazil and John-Michael Ekebland who works in the USA. They have both held workshops with the artisans.


The artisans have formed an Arts and Crafts Association which will be responsible for developing and marketing the products.

The Association can be contacted through the NRDDB


Pictures compliments of John-Michael Ekeblad

email : binahill (at)

or at the Bina Hill Institute, Annai, Region 9, Guyana.